It’s Father’s Day June 16, and that means you get to honor Dad for all he means to you. Sure you could go buy him the traditional tie, how about something not so traditional.
Chances are dad prefers just to spend time with you on his day. So why not make the day fun. Here are some activities you and dad can do together, or you can allow him to enjoy on his own.
1. Play a round of golf or miniature golf.
Bear Mountain Golf Course is open for the season. Book a tee time and plan to spend the day on the nine-hole course. Stay for lunch in the Clubhouse Grill.
If you are adventurous, consider Glow Golf at Bear Mountain. There are several dates set for the summer. Entry includes a light dinner, beer or soda, glow balls, golf and a cart.
Bear Mountain Golf Course and Driving Range, 43102 Goldmine Drive, Big Bear Lake, 909-585-8002,
If miniature golf is more your style, stop by Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain for an 18 hole course of fun. While you’re there, maybe take in a ride on the Soaring Eagle, the water slide or the Alpine Slide.
Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain,
800 Wildrose Lane, Big Bear Lake, 909-866-4628, www.alpineslidebigbear.com.
2. Wine or brew tasting.
OK, this one requires you to be 21 or older, or this is one dad does with his adult friends or family. But if you are 21 and can spend time with dad on a tasting trip in Big Bear, there are a couple of places not to miss.
First, if it’s wine tasting that dad prefers, you could celebrate a week early at the Village Summer Wine Walk on June 8. Your ticket includes 12 tasting tickets for the myriad stops in the Village area of Big Bear Lake. And at each stop, the merchant offers something tasty to nibble on with your wine. Purchase your ticket now, as this is a sell out.
One of the stops on the Wine Walk is Barrel 33 on Village Drive. If you don’t make the Wine Walk, put Barrel 33 on your list for wine tasting, and they have beer, too. Alayna and Manny share their love of wine with all who visit. Barrel 33 features some of their favorite California wines, champagnes, and some craft beers as well. Dad will appreciate the custom wine barrels. They are one-of-a-kind handcrafted by Manny. Order tables, fire pits, even dog beds.
Barrel 33, 40754 Village Drive, Big Bear Lake, 909-878-0838. www.barrel33bigbear.com.
If dad is more of a beer guy, then Big Bear Lake Brewing Company is your stop. You can find honey blonde, red ales, IPAs, even a chocolate porter. Enjoy a cold beer and an Avocado Bomb.
Big Bear Lake Brewing Company, 40827 Stone Road, Big Bear Lake, 909-878-0283.
Water skiing, fishing, relaxing on a pontoon, the possibilities are endless on Big Bear Lake. Rent a pontoon, hop aboard the Big Bear Queen, book a fishing charter or just drop a line from the shore. Don’t forget your fishing license and sunscreen.
4. Feel the need for speed.
Big Bear Speedway will bring out the competitive side in dad and probably you. Featuring RT8 Sodi Karts, the go-karts are fast and there is plenty of space to put the pedal to the metal. Race against the clock and see who is faster, you or dad.
Big Bear Speedway, 42825 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, 909-585-0075, www.bigbearsnowplay.com.
5. Is dad a history buff?
Big Bear is historic in and of itself, and you can travel back in time with a visit to the Big Bear Valley Historical Museum. The museum includes artifacts that tell the story of Big Bear Valley, from the Serrano Indians and Hollywood, to ranchers, gold miners and more.
Big Bear Valley Historical Museum, 800-B Greenway Drive, Big Bear City, 909-585-8100, www.bigbearhistory.org.
These are just a few of the many things dads might enjoy in Big Bear on Father’s Day. Log on to the Big Bear Now app for a calendar of events, places to eat and visit. No matter what you choose to do, remember dad prefers spending time with you.